A devastating cyclone, named as Phailin, has hit the east coast of India this evening at a speed of 220kmph. The storm will stay for 6-12 hours more with utmost severity. Mainly impacted states are Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. I cannot imagine the current condition of local people. I used to work at both the states and left less than a year ago.
There was deep depression through out the state for past two days and it was raining heavily. The eye of the storm made landfall at Gopalpur today. This is a most famous tourist spot because of its beauty and serenity. I clicked this fisherman's photo at Gopalpur beach during a photographic expedition. They had their slum just 200mts away from the sea. The nuisance has surely demolished their huts by now.
Most of the beautiful beaches have been impacted by the high-speed wind and waves.
As soon as the forecast was circulated, GOVT and disaster management agencies have evacuated the coastal areas and almost 4lacs of people were shifted away. The same state had faced a more severe cyclone with a speed of 300kmph in 1999 and the impact was huge! So this time, Govt and Indian army have taken all precautions preparing for a super severe cyclone. Rescue teams have been already sent with all equipments and food.
Power disruption and network failures have already occurred.I have so many friends and colleagues out there in both the states. I pray for their safety and wish the intensity of storm reduce soon! :(